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Northampton passes resolution condemning Guantanamo Bay

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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WSHM) -

Northampton went on record to contest continued operations of the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

The City Council voted 7-1 that it "opposes the continued existence of the Guantanamo Bay detention center and the violation of rule of law that it represents, and calls for all its prisoners to be charged or released" during the final reading of the "Resolution Calling for Justice in Guantanamo Bay."

The resolution was introduced by Councilor Owen Freeman. 

Northampton resident Paki Wieland was arrested in Washington, DC, after protesting the continued existence of the prison. She supported City Councilor President Bill Dwight's description of the facility as an "obscenity" that stains the character of the United States.

A total of 166 prisoners remain at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Among them, 100 have been on hunger strike for more than 100 days to protest the lack of basic human and legal rights included in the U.S. Constitution and international law.

Eighty-six of the prisoners have been cleared for release since 2010, and the others have been held without charge for up to a decade.

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